The New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly made a blockbuster deal involving National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Dickey is a well-known commodity, here are scouting reports on two of players the Mets may receive as compensation.
Travis D’Arnaud is the reported centerpiece of the deal. The package also includes 20-year-old Noah Syndergaard. I believe this could be a franchise changing deal.
Travis D’Arnaud: D’Arnaud is Baseball America’s #17 prospect entering the 2012 season. He should be given the opportunity to start and end the Josh Thole-Kelly Shoppach reign of terror. D’Arnaud is a top notch backstop, being named the best defensive catcher in the Double A Eastern League following the 2011 season. In 2011 at New Hampshire he slugged .542 with 21 home runs and 78 R.B.I. With the Las Vegas 51’s of the Pacific Coast League (P.C.L.), D’Arnaud’s slugging percentage improved to .595 with 16 homers and 52 runs driven in. You have be wary of offensive numbers from the P.C.L., but those are tremendous statistics from a solid young catcher at the catcher. D’Arnaud, 23, was a first round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007. He was acquired by the Blue Jays in the 2009 Roy Halladay trade.
Noah Syndergaard: Syndergaard is big, 6’5″, throws hard, and from Texas. I like this kid already, hopefully he pulls his hat down low and stares down batters before coming in high and tight. Syndergaard, a first round selection in 2010, has a mid 90’s fastball, and plus curve. With the Single A Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League, he fanned 122 batters in only 103 innings. He has pitched just over 100 innings in 2011 and 2012, we probably will not see him at Citi Field until mid 2014, at the earliest. He does possess front line talent, hopefully he, Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey form a lethal trio in the near future.
The Blue Jays have gone all in for 2013 but need another pitcher to navigate the minefield that is the American League East. The additions of Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson along with Dickey should give the Blue Jays a legitimate shot to remain in the A.L. East hunt throughout the season.
The top prospects Sandy Alderson aquired, represent a tremendous haul in return for a 38 year old pitcher. Though the Mets may not contend in 2012, D’Arnaud can immediately challenge for a starting position. He and Syndergaard give the team a much needed infusion of youth and talent. They can remain Mets for years and help form the nucleus of a competitive team in the National League East.